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An English girl marries a German lawyer in the 1930s and they try to live as normal a life as they can in Hitler's Germany. When Allied bombs start falling on German cities, Christabel ... See full summary »




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Complete series cast summary:
Elizabeth Hurley ...  Christabel Bielenberg 4 episodes, 1988
Stephen Dillane ...  Peter Bielenberg 4 episodes, 1988
Nigel Le Vaillant Nigel Le Vaillant ...  Adam Von Trott Zu Solz 3 episodes, 1988
Geoffrey Palmer ...  Mr. Burton 2 episodes, 1988
Ann Bell ...  Mrs. Burton 2 episodes, 1988
Suzan Crowley ...  Lexi 2 episodes, 1988
Renny Lister Renny Lister ...  Aunt Ulla 2 episodes, 1988
Jim Carter ...  Bausch 2 episodes, 1988
Pat Heywood Pat Heywood ...  Frau Muckle 2 episodes, 1988
John Boswall ...  Alois 2 episodes, 1988
Sam Preston Sam Preston ...  Nicky 2 episodes, 1988
Ryan Le Neveu Ryan Le Neveu ...  John Bielenberg 2 episodes, 1988
Toby Lawson Toby Lawson ...  Older Nicky 2 episodes, 1988
Alastair Haley Alastair Haley ...  Older Nicky 2 episodes, 1988
Andrey Justice Andrey Justice ...  Older John 2 episodes, 1988
James Exell James Exell ...  Older John 2 episodes, 1988
David Lyon David Lyon ...  Kreuze 2 episodes, 1988
Sam Kelly ...  Karl Langbehn 2 episodes, 1988
John Burgess John Burgess ...  Neisse 2 episodes, 1988
Nicola Wright ...  Clarita 2 episodes, 1988


An English girl marries a German lawyer in the 1930s and they try to live as normal a life as they can in Hitler's Germany. When Allied bombs start falling on German cities, Christabel takes her two young sons to a village in the mountains. Then she learns that her husband and some of his friends have been arrested for plotting to assassinate Hitler. She travels to the prison where he is held, wondering if telling the commandant that she knows Winston Churchill will help her husband or seal his fate. This is said to be based on a true story. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

16 November 1988 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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(4 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Nothing like the book it is based on
8 April 2017 | by GwydionMWSee all my reviews

The book on which the drama is based goes against the standard stereotypes and explains how ordinary people could go along with Hitler in the early years. The woman says: "On January 30thm 1933, Hitler became Germany's Chancellor. I was in England at the time, and when I read of it in the newspapers I was rather pleased for my friend Hans. I took note that Hitler had only two other National Socialists with him in his Cabinet, and that he was well hemmed-in by such respectable figures as von Neurath and von Papen. Although I was glad therefore than Han was to get his chance, I was equally certain that a month or so would suffice to bring him speedy disillusionment, and that there would be, as usual, another round of musical chairs, another change of Government." (Ward River Press 1982, Page 22.) I was disgusted by the dramatisation, which shows no interest in what this eye-witness told and instead has all of the normal stereotypes.

I think it also avoided the inconvenient fact of widespread support for Hitler in Britain, including the Daily Mail.

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